About Me

Qualified teacher and ASD specialist with QTS, with extensive experience teaching in SEN schools. Experience teaching functional skills, providing career and job transition support, teaching grammar, phonics and reading, ASDAN, social communication and independence to students with autism, mental health needs and anxiety, working and short-term memory needs, focus and concentration challenges, ADD/ ADHD, and dyslexia. I provide motivational, creative and engaging lessons in Maths (numeracy), English (literacy), ICT, Food Tech, art, science and more.  I am passionate about empowering children and young people and embedding functional learning throughout our work together.

£100 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

My skills and experience teaching students with autism (including non-verbal and high-functioning):  I have extensive experience within a specialist setting for children and young people with Autism. For two years I was the key stage lead teacher and coordinator.  This means developing a detailed understanding of strengths and challenges in order to support them in the way they need, in an age appropriate manner.  During my time working in schools I have worked with a large range of academic levels and communication needs: the key has always been to meet the pupils at their level and gain a... Read More
My skills and experience teaching students with autism (including non-verbal and high-functioning):  I have extensive experience within a specialist setting for children and young people with Autism. For two years I was the key stage lead teacher and coordinator.  This means developing a detailed understanding of strengths and challenges in order to support them in the way they need, in an age appropriate manner.  During my time working in schools I have worked with a large range of academic levels and communication needs: the key has always been to meet the pupils at their level and gain an understanding of their learning style. I have worked with children and young people with significant challenging behaviour which has meant clear, consistent and firm boundaries being communicated.  I have experience in adapting bespoke curriculum to fit in with individual’s motivations from phonics and numeracy to health and wellbeing.  I have had the honour of welcoming and bidding farewell to many sixth formers who have all made fantastic progress.

My skills and experience working with students with ADD/ADHD or focus and concentration challenges: I was the teacher of a teenager with ADD for three years and I developed a good relationship with him and his family. From my experience the two approaches that work best are: crystal clear boundaries and movement breaks.  By building good rapport based on respect and consistency the student-teacher relationship can thrive and the pupil can feel calm and stable.If the student needs a quick break, that is OK and I will always keep my end of the bargain but we will use a timer and agree to move on afterwards.  Regular exercise is the predominant evidence-based approach to support children with ADHD/ADD and is the cornerstone of a healthy life for anyone, so I supplement this general advice with structured movement breaks that offer quick bursts of physical activity.These can support processing speed, working memory, planning and problem solving.

My skills and experience working with students with dyslexia:  I have worked with students with a large range of literacy needs including dyslexia.  Often the biggest barrier is reinvigorating a love of reading after years of difficulty or drilling.  This can be done with careful reading intervention work around motivational and engaging literature.  With older children and teenagers striving for the reading to be functional can win them over to it too.  I have used Fisher Family Trust reading interventions and resources from Lexia UK too.   Alongside this I adapt all resources around font, text, background colour, support with visuals, highlighting and encourage learners to adapt their ICT workspaces to their liking to offer independence.  I am experienced in supporting young people decode and code words using phonemes and I am experienced in adapting phonics needs into age appropriate formats.  

My skills and experience supporting students anxiety: I have worked with a great many students with anxiety and used a range of approaches.  First and foremost it is crucial to build a trusting, respectful relationship.  Developing frequent check-ins to develop emotional literacy: the ability to identify one’s own emotional state, especially as alexithymia or similar difficulties are quite common in autistic individuals.  From there we can learn strategies to support ourself or to seek support from others.  I have practiced regulating activities such as physical exercise, yoga, deep breathing, grounding exercises and visualisation, meditation, some sensory integration techniques and talking strategies to empower adolescents with the tools they need.  Coaching discussions encouraging self expression, young men talking about their feelings and advocating for a healthy lifestyle are crucial elements too.  I have run art sessions with young people with ASD to encourage emotional literacy and supported a pupil following trauma.   I have a solid foundation in identifying targets from the SCERTS framework in Emotional Self Regulation and Mutual Regulation. I have worked within Multi Disciplinary Teams alongside CAMHS and Adult Services Educational Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Sensory Integration OTs and Speech and Language Therapists.

My skills and experience helping students to develop motivation and engage in learning:  I believe in learning for life and I am passionate about sharing new discoveries with young people.  The key is often finding common ground of interest in subject areas and working around these to move into new topics.  I always make sure sessions are well structured and follow a routine but leave room for flexibility in researching and exploring subjects and tangents.  Some subjects don’t instantly attract the attention of a young person which means a little more staggered work.  I am a great fan of Dweck’s Growth Mindset approach and believe it can have a great impact on learners of all ages.     

My skills and experience developing trusting relationships with students with SEN:  I have worked really closely with many students transitioning between key stages in SEN secondary and built trust up over the years.  The main thing is to be consistent and for the young person to feel heard.  I am a calm and considerate teacher and I love the bonds that can form.

My skills and experience boosting confidence and self-esteem:  This has been a central aspect with nearly all pupils I have worked with.  Firstly, helping a child or young person establish their strengths and challenges for themselves is really important and then having an open and honest chat about it.  Next, establishing simple targets together, always praising effort over ability, making sessions invigorating and fun and gently building up to more challenging application when appropriate. Equally offering some choice in the academic level to garner an attitude to learning where the child wants to challenge themselves and flex their ability a bit more.  I am a proponent of directly teaching the Growth Mindset approach and if appropriate (and with parental consent) directly explaining some of the strengths and challenges that may come with certain diagnoses.  With a nimble approach using these tools we can empower children and young people to find their feet and to use this growing confidence to fill any “learning gaps” or core skills that may need that extra help.

My skills and experience supporting students with emotional regulation:  I have used the SCERTS framework for a number of years to help me and my teams support and teach students self regulation and mutual regulation as well as set targets for social communication.  I have also been trained and practiced using sensory integration to support young people get themselves setup well for the day ahead.

My skills and experience teaching vocational and career skills: I am a trained practitioner of Systematic Instruction which supports both life and vocational skills learning.  In my previous role I helped setup a Project SEARCH supported internship programme at Queen Marys University specialising in an ASD programme, attended training in employer engagement and won five new work experience contracts for our young people in the community.  I supervised a team of three job coaches supporting young people with work experience in school and externally.  I have written an employability Scheme of Work to support young people identify their preferred career goals options and I have also developed my own assessment tool for vocational skills as part of my NPQML research project.  I am in the process of developing a curriculum and app for school use in tracking and developing life skills and independence. I am passionate about preparing young people for adulthood.

My skills and experience providing fun and engaging sessions: I have been lucky to train with LETTA and an Outstanding school to strive for engaging lessons that motivate.  I am nimble and can bring energy to sessions and tune these according to the needs of the pupil on the particular day, embedded within a routine structure.  Only through creative and experiential processes can learners take leaps.

My skills and experience teaching functional skills:  I love identifying and setting up engaging activities that offer functional and tasks for young people and to see their confidence build over time into independence.  I especially enjoy cooking activities and the way young people throw themselves into such practical tasks.  As well as having a range of experience in teaching Food Tech, I have written Schemes of Work to develop life skills in teenagers with ASD including skills around the home and travel training and access to the community.

My skills and experience using social media, photography and videography:  I have taught a range of ICT lessons that encompass multimedia, social media platforms and photography to ASD students.  I have used a broad range of simple apps for video editing with pupils.  I am very creative and love to bring this into my teaching.  I have an A-level in Photography and I have spent the last year training in visual design using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects.

My skills and experience in teaching English including phonics, reading, grammar and shape coding:  I have used a range of techniques to teach grammar and embed it into literacy teaching including colourful semantics and shape coding.  I have attended training with Lindsay Pickton from Primary Education Advisors.

My skills and experience producing Widgit/Symwriter and/or Boardmaker resources:  I am a very confident user of Widget Online, Communicate In Print 2 & 3 and Boardmaker.  I have used these to make classroom and digital visuals, interactive whiteboard games and activities, PECS symbols, Core Boards and to upload symbols onto user’s communication iPads.  I also have a little experience with PECS iPad software.   I have worked closely with Speech and Language Therapists and MDT teams to deliver create environments with communication opportunities for all students.

My skills and experience working with students with dyslexia:  I have worked with students with a large range of literacy needs including dyslexia.  Often the biggest barrier is reinvigorating a love of reading after years of difficulty or drilling.  This can be done with careful reading intervention work around motivational and engaging literature.  With older children and teenagers striving for the reading to be functional can win them over to it too.  I have used Fisher Family Trust reading interventions and resources from Lexia UK too.   Alongside this I adapt all resources around font, text, background colour, support with visuals, highlighting and encourage learners to adapt their ICT workspaces to their liking to offer independence.  I am experienced in supporting young people decode and code words using phonemes and I am experienced in adapting phonics needs into age appropriate formats.  

My Teaching Philosophy

Connect: I believe that connection and trust are vital.   Session structure needs to follow a safe and predictable routine, whilst at the same time being so irresistible and motivational that the young person wouldn't consider being elsewhere.

Individual: Everybody is different and thinks in different ways.  Learners need to be encouraged to explore and discover their preferred style and to build on this.  They may need concrete physical resources to reinforce learning or they may have a passion for drawing or movement.  These should be celebrated and used across subjects.

Functional: Learning should be useful and directed towards independence at the stage of that child or young person's development.  Problem solving and application are key to mastery and the learner must get how it is useful and empowering to achieve.

Marginal gains: Sometimes the smallest things, added together, make all the difference.  Careful, purposeful and detailed work with learners can spark leaps and transform lives.

Something Sensational About Me

I also work with young adults to help them develop the skills to find meaningful paid employment on leaving school.  It is a real privilege to see the transformative effect this has on the confidence of these individuals and the part they can play within a team, workplace and community.

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    Qualifications and Training

    • QTS - Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Distinction
    • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
    • SCERTS
    • PECS, Core Board, iPad AACs
    • Using Social Stories
    • SmiLE therapy
    • Training in Systematic Instruction
    • ASDAN accreditation
    • Team Teach
    • Sensory Integration
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    • QTS - Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Distinction
    • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
    • SCERTS
    • PECS, Core Board, iPad AACs
    • Using Social Stories
    • SmiLE therapy
    • Training in Systematic Instruction
    • ASDAN accreditation
    • Team Teach
    • Sensory Integration

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    • ...you want a calm and friendly tutor for your child or young person.
    • ...you want a highly individualised and aspirational plan for your child or young person.
    • ...you want to empower your child or young person to find their confidence and creativity.
    • ...you're looking for highly specialised life skills support for your child or young person.
    • ...you want holistic and research-based approaches to emotional regulation and anxiety.

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